Registered Professional Nurses at the Medical Center are licensed professionals empowered to participate in an interdisciplinary approach to meet the expectations of those we serve. As members of the Professional Nursing Congress, the registered nurses are actively involved in the continued evidence based development of best practices to ensure individualized and desired outcomes at discharge.
• Promotes an environment of respect and compassion.
• Maintains licensure, professional certifications (ACLS, PALS, etc), advanced practice skills, participates in hospital required in-services pertinent to area of practice, and engages in continuing education to advance knowledge base.
• Participates in committees, surveys, and self evaluating tools.
• Presents a professional physical appearance.
• Demonstrates, supports, and models the mission, vision, values, and rules of conduct of the Nursing Department.
• Participates in the quality improvement processes at the facility.
• Accomplishes a high standard of care in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team functioning as an advocate for those we serve.
• Enhances professional growth and development by participating in and utilizing current evidence based information and keeping abreast of state and national accreditation, regulatory and safety standards.
• Provides a learning atmosphere by sharing knowledge with coworkers/orientation of new staff and by educating patients and their families to meet their health needs.
• Acts autonomously as a vital component of the care team following the professional standards as outlined by state regulations, the Nursing Practice Act, and unit specific protocols appropriate to those we serve.
• Administers compassionate patient care following the nursing process.
• Adapts to changing conditions to best meet the needs of our patients and their families.
• Accepts cultural and religious diversity of those we serve so as to meet their unique needs.
• Maintains documentation standards with accurate, timely and complete recording and reporting.
• Maintains a strong partnership with physicians, nursing leadership, advanced practice nurses, other staff members, ancillary support, and others to best meet the patient’s needs.
• Practices and encourages commitment to coworker philosophy.
• Gives recognition to others to promote professionalism and the recognition of nursing excellence.
• Attends required unit specific meetings and keeps up to date on current issues and practices.
• Delegates appropriate responsibility to the skill level of employee identifies patient safety needs and effectively communicates patient care need to appropriate nursing staff.
• Provides effective leadership in the delivery of quality nursing care by assessing, planning, organizing, and directing the nursing functions and implementing the patient care plan of assigned patients.
Fiscal Responsibility/Resource Management:
• Practices cooperatively with the facility in support of the strategic plan.
• Seeks ways to provide care, service, supplies and equipment that meets patient needs within a reasonable cost structure.
• Conserves human and other resources while providing the expected standard of patient care.
• Supports the medical center financial initiatives.
Required Education, Experience, Licensure/Certification, and/or skills
1. The job incumbent is required to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care appropriate to the age of the patients served on the unit(s). This requires that the incumbent demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development as well as the physical, emotional and psycho-social needs of the patient population served.
2. Work requires a professional level of knowledge of nursing practice and theory at a level that generally can be acquired by completion and graduation from an accredited School of Nursing. Must sign an agreement to obtain BSN within 6 years of hire, if not currently completed.
3. Current State license as a Registered Nurse required, along with current American Heart Association HealthCare Provider BLS, CPR or approved equivalent (must include infant through adult, one and two-man rescuer, use of AED, and choking with hands-on CPR skills, return demonstration and must be by HR) completed prior to employment.
4. Work requires unit-specific orientation and on-the-job training to learn department/unit policies, procedures and work routines; to develop proficiency in use of medical equipment and instruments used on assigned unit; to learn nursing care and quality assurance standards; and gain an understanding of the types of patients cared for on the unit, their needs, and effective nursing interventions.
5. Work requires the interpersonal skills necessary to comfort family members and/or significant others; to communicate effectively and concisely with other patient care providers; and to instruct family members and/or significant others in home care procedures.
6. Work requires analytical ability necessary to assess patient's physical, psychological and social needs, develops individualized patient care plans, and evaluate patient’s responses to medical and nursing interventions.
7. Unit Specific certification and education:
a. PALs Certification within 1 year of hire
b. NRP within 6 month of hire
c. STABLE within 6 month of hire
d. Beginner fetal monitoring within 6 month of hire
e. Intermediate fetal monitoring within 1 year of hire
f. Advanced fetal monitoring within 2 years of hire